Reyna: Big interest in new MLS team

Claudio Reyna has revealed there is already plenty of interest from players interested in hitching onto the new New York City MLS franchise.

Claudio Reyna

Not content with spending upwards of £1billion on turning Manchester City into a Premier League and European force, owner Sheikh Mansour has sanctioned the Blues being part of a consortium that has taken a controlling interest in A League outfit Melbourne Heart.

City also relaunched their women's team last week, parading England stars Steph Houghton, Toni Duggan and Karen Bardsley as part of a squad that looks certain to make a significant impact on their introduction to Women's Super League later this year.

Meanwhile, Reyna will continue to plot New York City's entry into MLS in 2015, confirming the club will not be hanging back in their quest for success.

"The long-term aim is to be competing with any team in the MLS - and we are not talking 10 or 15 years," said Reyna, who spent four years at Manchester City from 2003 and was named the fledgling off-shoot's director of football last year.

"There is already a lot of interest from players who want to come and play in New York.

"It is incredibly exciting to be starting from scratch, with a blank sheet in every single way, in one of the greatest cities in the world.

"But we want to have success."

It is difficult to comprehend the transformation City have undergone since Reyna was signed from Sunderland by Kevin Keegan for £2.5million in 2003.

The injection of cash that helped propel City back into the Premier League was just starting to dry up and the ill-fated era of Thaksin Shinawatra was four years away, with the Abu Dhabi-based revolution not getting under way for another 12 months after that.

But the template has now been created.

And Reyna, along with team manager Jason Kreis, is merely following the lead set by City chief executive Ferran Soriano and director of football Txiki Begiristain back at base in Manchester.

"The leadership team has been over to the US on many occasions and we have their constant support," said Reyna.

"Manchester is the core of an incredible project.

"It is amazing to be connected to a club, let alone one of the biggest in the world.

"We cannot lose sight of what Manchester is.

"Clearly, business and sports go together. They have done for decades and that will continue.

"But we are building a football club. To that end we are just following a lead."



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